Monday, July 29, 2013

More confessions and pledges of faith from born again deniers at WUWT

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That "bare the soul" thread keeps yielding denialist gems.  A few more "true confessions" - mostly extracts from longer (in some cases much longer) comments:

Just Steve thinks science = socialism and says:
July 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm  Not a scientist, and it was my general skepticism of modern “science”, along with an inherent understanding that modern whacko-environmentalism was the new home of socialism and CAGW was just further manifestation of their desire to control people’s lives, that kept me from ever falling for the CAGW scare to begin with.

Mary Cousins thinks one day she might fall off earth into space, pigs might fly and she will one day find out that the earth doesn't rotate and DNA doesn't exist, she says:
July 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm When Climategate ‘broke’ I wondered what it was all about and started searching the internet. Within about fifteen minutes I found the phrase ‘the science is settled’. “How can science ever be settled?” I thought. “There is something funny going on here.” After researching various sites on the internet to try to ascertain the truth, I am totally unable to accept the CAGW theory.

Ken Rodgers thinks the world warms and cools by magic and refuses to read any science.  He is "waiting" for someone to tell him personally:
July 28, 2013 at 11:01 am For me it was simple. I learned about the little ice age in 6th grade world history (Leif Erikson discovered N. America, et. al). When I first heard about CO2 global warming in the early 90′s, i kept waiting to hear how they determined CO2 was the cause and not a rebound from the LIA. I am still waiting.

Bruce Cobb thinks conspiracy ideation mixed with right wing extremist ideology = "knowlege" and writes:
July 28, 2013 at 5:45 am  Clearly as shown by the comments, the pathway towards becoming a CAGW skeptic, or preferably, climate realist is knowledge, while the True Believers like jai seem to prefer ignorance. Takes all kinds I guess.

vigilantfish says the thread "should be a gold-mine for psychologists":
July 28, 2013 at 3:59 pm  Late to the party – I wanted to read all the comments first. Thanks Jonathan for starting this wonderful thread; it should be a gold-mine for psychologists if they have any real dedication to academic integrity.

Why Climate Deniers Have No Scientific Credibility - In One Pie Chart

Contrast the above comments with the scientific literature on the subject.  Sceptic Richard Dawkins has posted an article by James Lawrence Powell, who analysed nearly 14,000 scientific papers about global warming.  He only found 24 that rejected global warming outright or posited a cause other than increased greenhouse gases.

Deniers will only accept the 24 papers and reject the other 14,000 or so.  They are the epitomy of the deluded.

1 comment:

  1. It should indeed be a goldmine for psychologists. Not, perhaps, in the way vigilantfish expects...

    It's amazing how many are prepared to more-or-less admit 'I came into this not liking the cut of science's jib, and got my prejudices satisfactorily confirmed on the interwebs within minutes'!

    Substitute 'Creation' for the shibboleth 'CAGW' and it's easy to see what we're dealing with here...


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